Jules at a glance:
Where were you born? Surrey, BC (a.k.a. South Surrey
Kids? A dog would count right? Then 1 :D
What Church are you at? Gospel Chapel in Sylvan Lake
How long have you been there? It’ll be 3 years in June
Q: What’s your favorite city to visit? Anything on the West Coast near the ocean.
Q: Favorite Movie? Hidden Figures
Q: Favorite Youth Ministry moment? When one of my students was diagnosed with acute-myloid leukemia, our youth had a day of prayer & fasting. Over the lunch hour we had a prayer meeting & one of the boys came in on crutches. I made a comment that he wasn’t going to walk out the same way he hobbled in. During prayer we talked about God’s power to heal & how the students had never really seen a healing miracle. So in my little faith I suggested we pray for our crutches boy. AND GOD SHOWED UP! Our boy felt heat & not even 30 minutes later he was running around without pain & it was all the youth could talk about! Love it!
Q: What’s your least favorite fast food joint? ABSOLUTELY Arby’s. I’ve never been there, but any Arby’s I see looks like the skeeziest joint...
Q: Any pet peeves? Grammar errors & clip art.
Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn? Hands down has to be my first youth retreat. I was REALLY new & didn’t have many connections yet. I was desperate for a speaker & went with a suggestion to book this older guy, as in 82, who had spoken at a couple of my high school chapels. I ended up booking him. Our retreat kicked off with energy, fun & games! The evening winded down around 8ish & our speaker went up. He starts with what I believe to be his intro on something to do with the war...wasn’t his intro...it was his “message”. He mentioned when he was closing that it was WAYYY past his bedtime & he had just been rambling on forgetting what he was supposed to say. It was an insightful history lesson, but I felt like I was sitting in my grandparents living room just being polite listening to grandpa’s war stories. I’m sure if he spoke in a morning session it would’ve gone over better ;)
Now I know that an 82 year old may be a liiiitle out of touch with Gen Z ;) I’m very mindful about who I bring into speak, with guideline criteria, as well as seeking the Lord for the right person! Lesson learned.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth pastoring? X-country skiing & kickboxing.
Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students? My favourite has to be when I had the opportunity to spend time with a small group of grade 9 girls. I had them over to my place where we did henna, had a crazy good cheese dip, & good chats with all the feels. Love when ministry gets super practical like that.
Q: What’s your biggest ministry struggle at the moment? We’re currently in the midst of transitioning into a Jr.High/Sr.High split. I feel like I’m pioneering new ground here, which is a little nerve-wracking, but hey if I felt like I had everything together then I wouldn’t be pressing into the Lord as much as I am now! I’m fortunate to have a crazy amount of support from my Sr. Pastor & my church family so let’s do this! (insert muscle arm emoji)
Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them? I’m reading this book by Barry Maracle called Wake Up Into Your Dream & I’d probably quote him in saying, “In all things, keep standing, and you will see the deliverance of the Lord in the land of the living. Too many people give up right there. Not you! Not the pinnacle of all His creation! You are going to receive from the midst of this awful pit the greater grace made available because of the evil of this day. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Living God comes in & raises the standard. Understand that the problem, pain, or persecution that is confronting you is actually paying your way forward. You enter the Kingdom at greater levels through tribulation. When the enemy comes against you, he is actually causing a portal to open up to connect to the greater grace, which is God’s enabling power. The Bibles says, ‘Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more’ (Romans 5:20)”
Q: Is there something that the youth pastors of the province can be praying towards for you? I’d love some more “mid-twenties” leaders who love Jesus & who are passionate about pouring everything into this next generation! Oh & it wouldn’t hurt to change that “Married: Nope” to a “Married: Potentially” ;)
Q: Where can people connect with you online? My insta handle is @julesjoyfletcher & our youth one is @gcbraveyouth